Berwick Street

Coordinates: 51°30′53″N 0°08′09″W / 51.51467°N 0.13582°W / 51.51467; -0.13582
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Berwick Street
Berwick Street, Soho
Berwick Street is located in City of Westminster
Berwick Street
Berwick Street in Westminster
OwnerCity of Westminster
Maintained byCity of Westminster
Length378 metres (1,240 ft)
LocationWestminster, London W1 F
Postal codeW1 F
Coordinates51°30′53″N 0°08′09″W / 51.51467°N 0.13582°W / 51.51467; -0.13582
Berwick Street Market
AddressBerwick Street W1 F
Opening datec. 1843
ManagementCity of Westminster
OwnerCity of Westminster
Goods soldfruit and vegetables, flowers, coffee, dairy products, and street food[1]
Days normally openMonday–Saturday
WebsiteWestminister Council's markets webpage

Berwick Street is a street in the Soho district of the City of Westminster, running between Oxford Street to the north and Peter Street at the south. It was built towards the end of the 17th century; several early 18th century buildings have survived. A market was established on the street in the 19th century.


Berwick Street was built between 1687 and 1703, and is believed to be named after James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick. Several buildings constructed in the 1730s are still standing, such as the Green Man public house at No. 57, which was built in 1738.[2]

A non-conforming church in Berwick Street was opened in 1689. A new church designed by Edward Blore and dedicated to St Luke, was consecrated on 23 July 1839.[3]

A major cholera outbreak was centred around Berwick Street in 1854.[2]

Kemp House is at No. 90. It was constructed between 1959-61 by L. C. Hollbrook.[2]


Whilst some secondary sources claim that the market was established in the 18th century,[2][4][5] the market is not listed in London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew's.[6] In 1893 the London County Council's survey of London markets, records that the market began in c. 1843.[7] The report states that many of the traders had relocated from Seven Dials following the construction of Shaftesbury Avenue. It lists 32 stalls on a Saturday with 20 being present on weekdays. Ten of the traders are listed as grocers or fruiters.

There is a small outdoor general retail market on Berwick Street,[8] selling fruit and vegetables, hot food, fish, clothing, accessories, household goods, luggage, jewelry and general goods.[9] It is open Monday to Saturday from 8 am until 6 pm.[10]

Cultural references[edit]

The cover photograph of Oasis' second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? was taken at Berwick Street.[11]



  1. ^ "Berwick Street W1". Westminster City Council. 9 February 2023. Archived from the original on 24 February 2024. Retrieved 24 February 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d Weinreb et al. 2008, p. 63.
  3. ^ 'Broadwick and Peter Street Area', in Survey of London: Volumes 31 and 32, St James Westminster, Part 2, ed. F H W Sheppard (London, 1963), pp. 219–229 British History Online. Retrieved 17 December 2023.
  4. ^ "Berwick Street, Peter Street, Broadwick Street & Ingestre Place—planning brief" (PDF). Westminster City Council. 1 March 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 March 2023.
  5. ^ "Markets available | Westminster City Council". Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  6. ^ Mayhew, Henry (1851). London Labour and the London Poor; a cyclopædia of the condition and earnings of those that will work, those that cannot work, and those that will not work (1st ed.). London: George Woodfall and Son. p. 11.
  7. ^ Public Control Committee (1893). "Appendix B". London Markets, Special Report of the Public Control Committee Relative to Existing Markets and Market Rights and as to the Expediency of Establishing New Markets in or Near the Administrative County of London (Report). London: London County Council. pp. 43–44.
  8. ^ "Berwick Street Market". National Market Traders Federation. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  9. ^ "3 interesting facts about Berwick Street market". W. Sitch & Co. 6 February 2020. Retrieved 24 November 2023.
  10. ^ Berwick Street Market Soho/West End London United Kingdom Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Delve into the Oasis artwork for (What's The Story) Morning Glory?". Radio X. Retrieved 24 November 2023.


External links[edit]

Media related to Berwick Street at Wikimedia Commons